Posted by: nativeiowan | March 6, 2011

I believe it was Tallyrand,

… who said, after the French Revolution, “…the hardest thing after a succesful reolution is disarming the rabble…”

Libyan rebels near Ras Lanuf

Libyan rebels celebrate securing an area west of the captured oil town of Ras Lanuf.

WARRING armies in Libya are set for their worst confrontation yet as anti-government forces are preparing to push towards the capital, Tripoli

After capturing at the weekend the coastal oil port of Ras Lanuf, anti-Gaddafi forces were planning a push along Libya’s central coast towards Tripoli.

This would set up a major confrontation with the bulk of Gaddafi’s forces who are determined to keep the rebels from advancing towards Tripoli.

After the rebels forced government soldiers from Ras Lanuf, fighting intensified as forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi sought to retake Zawiya, only 50km west of Tripoli.

Tanks surrounded the city and pounded it yesterday.

Zawiya has now become the most important battle – the Gaddafi forces want to repel rebels from the city as it is seen as a possible launching pad for an assault on Tripoli, Gaddafi’s headquarters.

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The shelling appeared to be indiscriminate as tanks surrounded a group of rebels cornered in one part of the city.

“Gaddafi has no sanctity for hospitals or residential areas or anything,” an opposition spokesman told The Australian.

Reports were unclear but it appeared that scores of rebels were killed in the weekend shelling of Zawiya.

Airforce jets bombed Ras Lanuf but were unable to dislodge the rebels.

But the regime appeared to have re-taken the town of Misrata.

Ras Lanuf was the latest to fall after some rebel troops unilaterally decided to make a push on it without the approval of the rebels’ military command.

Rebels stormed Colonel Gaddafi’s seaside home in Ras Lanuf.

At least 17 rebels were killed in an explosion at a military depot in Al Rajma, near Benghazi.

The airforce had been attempting to bomb the facility for several days and it was not known whether the explosion was due to sabotage by Gaddafi supporters or by accident.

Meanwhile, Libya’s former Minister for Justice Mustafa Abdel Jalil, who resigned recently in protest at Gaddafi’s attacks on protesters, yesterday unveiled at a news conference the new “interim national council.”

Although it will have 30 members, only nine were prepared to be identified yesterday – an indication of the fear that still operates in Libya.

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